NTSB Identification: NYC97FA118.
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Accident occurred Sunday, June 15, 1997 in EDGEWATER, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/21/2000
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N93908
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to flying club records, the purpose of the flight was to complete an initial aircraft check for the pilot in the Cessna 152. The check was part of new member in-processing. The pilot was re-joining the flying club after a 9 year absence. The pilot had performed 3 previous takeoffs and landings prior to the accident takeoff. One witness described all four takeoffs as 'high performance.' Several witnesses described the accident takeoff in written statements. When the airplane reached an altitude of approximately 100 to 150 feet, they stated the airplane pitched up to an 'extremely' nose high attitude. Four witnesses described the pitch angle as '...well over 45 degrees...', '...45 to 60 degrees...', '...60 to 70 degrees up...', and '...60 degrees at least...'. Two witnesses described the pitch angle of the airplane as if it flew, left to right, across a clock face. Each said the nose was up at the '...one o'clock position.' Two witnesses said the airplane was '...just hanging on the prop.' Each pilot was airline transport rated with a combined flight experience of approximately 8,000 hours. Examination of the airplane did not disclose evidence of mechanical malfunction..

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The pilot's excessive maneuver at a low altitude, and the flight instructor's inadequate supervision of the pilot, which resulted in an inadvertent stall/spin.

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